Have you ever had a moment when you messed up so bad you wished the earth opened up and swallowed you? Nowadays, one’s embarrassing moments, be it throwing up in front of a bunch of people, or landing on your bum during wild dances, or even worse – stealing a Milky Way bar from a gas station store – can be caught on any security camera and make things even worse for you.
What follows is huge embarrassment — an emotion induced by a disconnect between how we feel we should act in public and how we actually act in some situations. And the context of your actions always matters. You don’t feel embarrassed if you trip in your kitchen, but take that outside and it’s a whole different story.
So far, we’ve been talking about how it feels for ordinary people. What if you were a huge celeb and someday some jerk caught you on his camera doing things you’re not expected to be doing. Yes, famous people adore cameras and attention in general, but when caught off-guard, it can get really ugly. In most cases, they are drunk, or stoned, or just misbehaving. The bottom line is, the celebs must be really missing the days when paparazzi and security cameras weren’t on every corner. Check out why with these 15 scandalous celebrity moments caught on surveillance or hidden cameras.
15. Reese Witherspoon’s Husband’s DUI
It’s crazier than you thought! The footage of the incident was obtained from law enforcement sources in April 2013. It shows an officer arresting the actress’ husband, Jim Toth, for DUI, in the early morning hours. Reese, who much later admitted she was quite drunk, decided to act outrageously, which, of course, wasn’t to the officer’s liking. Here is a part of the dialogue between the cop and Witherspoon:
R.W.: “Do you know my name, sir?”
Officer: “Don’t need to know.”
R.W.: “Do you NEED to know my name?”
Officer: Not quite yet.
R.W.: “You’re about to find out who I am!”
14. Kate Moss And This Incident
The year was 2005, and by that time everybody already knew that the super famous CK girl had been having drug issues, but it was the first time her addiction came out as a legit story. Moss was filmed snorting five lines in the course of just 40 minutes! And that happened only two years after she swore she had given up drugs for good. When the pictures from the hidden camera became public and hit the tabloids, everybody thought she was done with modelling. The photos were taken at her hard-partying boyfriend’s West London recording studio. After the photos were splashed on the covers of every London daily, most of the eminent fashion clients, among which Burberry and H&M, excluded the uber-model from their campaigns. The contracts she lost were worth $4 million. Chanel, however, announced they are willing to renew her contract, saying it had nothing to do with the cocaine scandal. This move definitely boosted her career!
13. Caitlyn Jenner’s Car Accident
The deadly car accident from February 2015 involving Caitlyn Jenner crashing into two vehicles was captured on a bus security video. The footage is fuzzy and it’s hard to see the initial impact, but it still clearly shows Jenner’s black Escalade sending the female driver of a white Lexus into oncoming traffic, where she was severely struck and killed. The bus footage showed also the Lexus being smashed by a Hummer H2 moving in the opposite direction. The video of the accident was first broadcasted by Entertainment Tonight. Caitlyn, who was still known as Bruce Jenner at that time, and his lawyers managed to settle the fatal car crash lawsuit with the victim’s stepchildren for a “modest amount.” Although both plaintiffs, aged 60 and 57, were financially independent and had been living abroad for decades, they didn’t miss the opportunity to squeeze some cash out of the infamous television personality and Olympic gold medal-winning athlete.
12. Miley Cyrus Hitting A Bong
Five days after her 18th birthday, Cyrus decided to mark the occasion and her coming of legal age with some illegal substances. The video showing her hitting a bong was taped by a friend of hers. According to a source close to the birthday girl, the bong contained a psychedelic herb known as salvia, the possession of which is unlawful in the state of California. When the video was leaked, it resulted in shock and a public scandal as back in 2010, Cyrus was still associated with the sugary sweet and innocent Hanna Montana character. Of course, the video immediately tarnished her spotless Disney Channel star image. The theory is that the person who took the video wasn’t the one who leaked it. Some vile-tempered guest at the party probably stole or copied the video from the friend’s phone.
11. Michael Richards’ Racist Tirade
In 2006, Michael Richards, better known as Kramer from the popular series Seinfeld, went on a racist rant at Comedy Store, a comedy club in Los Angeles. The actor was addressing hecklers with colorful racial epithets. Unfortunately for him, somebody from the audience was filming his horrible rant, and when the 17-minute long video hit the web, his public image hit the drainage. He continued to act in Seinfeld, but after this massive f*ck-up, the show was never the same again. Years later, as a guest in different talk shows and in numerous interviews, the 68-year-old Richards claimed he deeply regretted his 2006 outburst. He said it was not an excuse but that night at the club he lost patience because people were viciously heckling him and at some point, he just lost it.
10. David Hasselhoff Eating A Burger Off The Floor
The video showing the former Baywatch star apparently drunk, lying shirtless on the floor, eating a hamburger appeared on every TV tabloid show in August 2008. It was Hasselhoff’s daughter who filmed the shameful moment and leaked it. Because of the huge commotion the video brought along, the most watched man on TV (according to the Guinness Book of Records) found it necessary to make a statement. He said he was a recovering alcoholic and despite going through a lot of stressful moments in his personal life, he had somehow managed to stay sober. Until that very evening when he had a “brief relapse”, which he described as a hardly avoidable part of the recovery process.
9. Solange Knowles’ And Jay-Z’s Elevator Failure
The setting is an elevator in the Standard Hotel in New York City. The year is 2014. The main participants in the incident are Beyoncé, Solange Knowles (Beyoncé’s younger sister), and Jay-Z. Surveillance footage caught Solange physically attacking her brother-in-law. They were riding quietly when Beyoncé’s baby sister snapped and started kicking Jay-Z. The reason which stirred Knowles’ aggression was never officially announced, but some reports suggested Solange got furious because the rapper was getting too close to Rachel Roy, his business partner’s ex-wife and a trusted friend of Kim Kardashian’s. An unrevealed source claimed that Solange was shouting at Roy at the afterparty of the Met Gala two years prior the elevator incident. This is what we call a scandal with a juicy pre-story!
8. Britt McHenry Shouting At A Towing Company Clerk
ESPN channel suspended their reporter Britt McHenry for one week when a video from a security camera of her insulting a towing company employee was released. On April 6, McHenry posted a tweet about her car being towed in Arlington, Virginia, and added, “How corrupt is Advanced Towing?” In the video, we can see the reporter insulting the employee as she pays to have her car back. Even though the employee warns her that she is being recorded, McHenry continues yelling things like, “I’m in television and you’re in a f*cking trailer, honey” and “Lose some weight, baby girl.” Of course, after such a massive f*ck-up, McHenry tweeted an apology, saying she was caught in a stressful situation and let her emotions get the best of her. “I said some insulting and regrettable things,” she wrote.
7. LeAnn Rimes’ And Eddie Cibrian’s Infidelity Romance Exposed
A kiss on the lips between married partners is completely harmless, but not if they are married to other people. Rimes and Cibrian were co-stars in the 2009 Northern Lights movie. At that time, Rimes had been married to the dancer Dean Sheremet for nine years, and Cibrian to model Brandi Grandville. Obviously, during the shooting of the movie the two actors had upgraded their friendship to another level. The cheating couple’s date at a restaurant was caught on a surveillance camera. When the footage was released, thousands of malicious rumors followed. And while Rimes neither confirmed nor denied the accusation of infidelity (she only wrote a note with quite evasive content to her fans), Cibrian vigorously denied having had an affair with his on-screen partner.
6. Ariana Grande And The Donut-Licking
“How can one be so cute, so famous, so adorable, so rich, and so… gross at the same time”, people wondered after the pop singer and her boyfriend Ricky Alvarez were caught on surveillance tapes licking donuts on a display counter in a shop in Lake Elsinore, California. And not only this, but Grande was recorded also saying, “I hate Americans, I hate America.” The video was first released on TMZ, and a mega huge nation-wide scandal immediately followed. The singer tried to save her image by posting an apology video, which kinda made things worse because her apology seemed rehearsed and not very sincere. And on Twitter she wrote, “I am extremely proud to be American. What I said in a private moment was taken out of context and I’m sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words.”
5. Jamie Lynn Spears Waving A Knife In A Sandwich Shop
In 2015, Britney Spears’ younger sister was caught on security footage in what some may consider an act of bravery. She was filmed solving a conflict with a seven-inch blade at a pita shop in Hammond, Louisiana. Jamie Lynn found herself in the middle of a fight and obviously decided she could break up the melee herself. The footage shows Jamie Lynn shouting as she is holding the knife in the air, and what happens next is that she actually succeeds in stopping the fight. What seems to have enraged Spears was that, upon her arrival at the shop, her female friend was allegedly hit with a bottle. However, when the police arrived, her companion didn’t press charges, so no arrests were made. The message this incident sends to all of us is: Never mess with Britney’s little sister as she might be armed and dangerous.
4. Ray Rice Punching His Fiancée In the Face
It seems that the elevators are the favorite spot where celebrities unleash their aggression. In February 2014, TMZ Sports released a really shocking video taken from the surveillance camera in an Atlantic City Casino elevator. The footage shows NFL running back Ray Rice giving a brutal punch to his fiancée’s face, knocking her down. Then we see the football player dragging the unconscious woman outside the elevator. This is what led to this insane act of violence: On their way to the elevator, Rice and Janey Palmer got into an argument, which must have escalated inside the elevator, as Rice struck first. Palmer hit back. This, of course, enraged Palmer and he delivered the knock-out punch.
3. Mike Tindall Kissing A Mysterious Blonde Weeks After He Married A Royal Granddaughter
We are no longer in the Dark Ages, when you were sent to London Tower if caught in an act of treason to the Crown. And yet, cheating on the Queen of England’s granddaughter can be a daring and very stupid thing to do even nowadays! But this is exactly what the English rugby player Mike Tindall did (or at least attempted to do) in 2011, after only a few weeks he and Zara Phillips, the second child of Queen Elizabeth’s daughter Anne, got married. Tindall must have been hit too many times in the head during his violent rugby matches, and that’s why he wasn’t completely realizing what he was doing kissing that voluptuous blonde at a bar in New Zealand. His act of infidelity was, unfortunately, caught on CCTV cameras, and shortly after, the video surfaced. The scandal that followed was even bigger than expected because a member of the Royal family was involved. Despite the whole commotion, however, the couple stayed married.
2. Aaron Hernandez’s Incriminating Home Security Camera Footage
This is already some serious stuff because we are talking about the murder of Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013. His death made international headlines mostly because the then New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was the main suspect. In addition to the murder of Lloyd, Hernandez was also arrested on the charge of a double homicide he committed a year earlier. The irony here is that there appeared to be incriminating footage from his own home security cameras, showing Hernandez holding a gun only minutes before Lloyd was shot dead. The footage was presented in court and used as evidence. The former New England Patriot was found guilty of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
1. Winona Ryder On A Shopping Spree
This has probably been one of the most trending surveillance tapes of a celebrity misconduct ever since it was first released in 2001. Back then, Winona Ryder was a fresh and very promising Hollywood star everybody was talking about. She had already appeared in a couple of cult movies such as Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Reality Bites (1994), and her future seemed more than bright. But then she was caught shoplifting merchandise worth $5,000 from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. The incident, captured also on a surveillance camera, put her career on quite a long hold. More than a decade after the theft, the actress admitted that, in a weird way, that was the best thing that could’ve happened at that point of her life because she was feeling she was about to hit the wall, and what happened gave her the time off she needed.